Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

Northern Indiana Art and Earth Trail – Find Your Ultimate Escape

Set a course for adventure in Indiana’s Cool North on seven unique well-planned trails that make your getaway a cinch.  Many of these opportunities will be in out of the way places, perfect for visits during COVID-19.  But, be sure to check before you visit.

Art abounds throughout our region, from trendy studios loaded with the creations of painters, potters and more to simple Amish shops along country roads that feature handmade quilts, fine furniture and delicious baked goods.

The Earth’s bounty shows up on restaurants, at farmers markets, and at u-pick farms. The Art and Earth Trail guide directs you to all of them. You’ll eat well at the places featured… in upscale restaurants, at wineries and breweries, and in friendly hometown diners and coffee shops.

Day trips… weekend escapes… family vacations… we’ve got you covered. Our seven trails sweep through the region, from Lake Michigan beaches and the Indiana Dunes, past the Golden Dome of Notre Dame, and onto roads where horse-drawn Amish buggies seem to outnumber cars. Add in outdoor adventures like golfing, boating and biking, numerous museums and attractions, one-of-a-kind inns and you’re good to go.  Your ultimate getaway is just around the bend in Indiana’s Cool North.

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